A recent study published by the Becket Fund shows that U.S. citizens have begun to strongly reject restrictions imposed to combat the CCP Virus that violate good religious freedom practices.
The Religious Freedom Index 2020, published by the Becket Fund, produced interesting results in a study that aims to measure people’s satisfaction with the policies implemented to combat the CCP Virus and their effect on religious practices.
The common complaint among the respondents seems to be that religion should receive at least equal treatment with other activities such as recreation, sports, or even nightlife. This is because in many cases when economies were reopened—restaurants, bars, casinos, and even strip clubs were allowed to operate normally, but worship centers were not.
“As governments closed and reopened economies, we saw conflicts as houses of worship faced continued limitations while some places of business were allowed to reopen,” said Caleb Lyman, Becket’s director of research and analysis to the Free Beacon.
Lyman said, “What we noticed in the results is that with respect to openings, respondents want religious activity to at least receive fair treatment from the government.”
Also critical to the respondents was the issue of street protests and the reactions of many state governments, which in many cases were complicit in the protests and failed to act to stop them. The logical question for many respondents is, under what pretext are thousands of people allowed to gather in the streets to protest and I cannot go to my church to practice my faith?
Regarding the social unrest generated by the confinement imposed during the last few months, the vast majority of respondents warned that faith-based organizations should also take a leadership role in addressing it.
Most respondents indicated that religious services are vital to the return of normal development in the country, given that religion played a key role in helping citizens overcome the pandemic.
In addition, more than 60% responded that their faith was vital in overcoming the crises associated with confinement and social alienation.
“Data from the Index and additional questions show support for the idea that religion is part of an individual’s identity, not just a hobby or a weekend activity, and further, that to recognize this reality, an individual’s religion requires protections and accommodations,” said Lyman.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spoke at the Federalist Society last week, warning that the right to religious freedom is being undermined by certain sectors of society.
The judge warned, Breitbart reported, that religious freedoms are being affected in certain sectors and that the CCP Virus has awakened disturbing trends that were already present, even before.
This week, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is appealing to the Supreme Court over restrictions on the CCP Virus imposed by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including limits on the number of parishioners who can gather for religious services, Fox News reported.
Leaders of Jewish congregations in New York state also joined the claims of Catholics, and pointed to the restrictions imposed by Cuomo, claiming they discriminate against Jews and violate the U.S. First Amendment. On Monday, the group made an emergency presentation on the issue to the Supreme Court, TheBL reported.
Similar complaints have been filed in most Democratic states, where restrictions imposed to combat the virus were felt most strongly and religious institutions were least protected, many of which are ongoing.